If you thought the Noem Administration was short a few marbles, brace yourself for even dumber government now. A majority of the IQ points in the Noem Cabinet is bailing out:
After one year of serving as Gov. Kristi Noem’s chief of staff, Tony Venhuizen is leaving.
Noem announced today that Venhuizen will be appointed to the South Dakota Board of Regents. Venhuizen will succeed Kevin Schieffer of Sioux Falls, whose tenure on the board ended in March.
Venhuizen will leave his role with Noem’s staff later this month and his appointment will be effective then, a news release said.
…This will be Venhuizen’s second term on the board. He served on the board as a student member from 2003 to 2008 [staff, “Noem Says She Will Appoint Venhuizen to S.D. Board of Regents,” KELO-TV, 2021.04.06].
I had hoped Venhuizen’s return (albeit by commute) to Pierre would save Noem from her own worst impulses and lack of competence. But even Venhuizen’s experienced and pragmatic presence couldn’t keep Noem from getting distracted by Corey Lewandowski’s image-building and stumbling into multiple debacles during the 2021 Session that have left her politically wounded.